This week, the eyes of the Commonwealth were all focused on celebrating a milestone achievement in Massachusetts.
Hundreds of children took time out from school to take part in the historic event.
I may be a bit biased, but I strongly feel those in attendance all got a very unique opportunity to see the greatest quarter back of all time!
That’s Quarter Back.
As in the Back of a Quarter.
All due respect to Tom Brady and the six-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, this post is not about Tuesday’s parade, or Sunday’s victory, or even the season-long journey to get there.
This post is about the culmination of a ten year plus effort to put Lowell National Historical Park on the back of a U.S. quarter as part of the America The Beautiful coin series. Years of behind the scenes work all led the the celebration that took place at the Lowell Quarter Launch and Coin Exchange on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
A crowd of thousands, including 1500 school age children took part in the coin-launch event which like the coin design itself celebrated the historic and modern day contributions of women in the Mill City.
Speakers included Lowell National Historical Park Superintendent Celeste Bernardo, City Manager Eileen Donoghue, Retired Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Community Teamwork Executive Director Karen Frederick, Coalition for a Better Acre Executive Director, Yun-Ju Choi, and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney.
These distinguished women also welcomed guests from the National Park Service and United States Mint including Rosalyn Fennell, Deputy Regional Director of NPS’s Northeast Region and Marc Landry, Acting Associate Director of the Numismatic and Bullion Directorate at the U.S. Mint.
Mayor William Samaras, Vice Mayor Vesna Nuon, and State Senator Edward Kennedy were also in attendance.
The event featured musical performances by the Lowell High School Band and Choir, a historical look back at the design process by students from Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School, and the debut of a new video dramatization of 19th century mill life in Lowell set to the music of “Mills on the Merrimack,” all leading to the presentation of the Lowell Quarter and the traditional coin pour.
Following the speaking program, guests were invited to exchange cash for rolls of Lowell Quarters in ten dollar increments (up to $100 per person). Children under the age of 18 also received a free quarter for attending the event and there were commemorative coin sets also available for purchase. Area banks will have Lowell quarters in stock for exchange while supplies last.
For those who were lucky enough to be there to witness it, the Lowell Quarter launch truly was a historic event in the City of Lowell–one that attendees won’t soon forget.
It was literally a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Patriots championship parades tend to happen quite more frequently.